Sombrero Peak

Sombrero Peak 4229′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 2:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2050′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: South Indian Canyon, no services Continued…. Sombrero Peak sits at the southern edge of Anza-Borrego State Park, a few miles north of the slightly less popular Jacumba Mountain. While they are similar in height and terrain, Sombrero sees […]

Jacumba Mountain

Jacumba Mountain 4512′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 3:50 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Mortero Palms, no facilities Continued…. Jacumba Mountain is the southernmost summit in California on the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List in the United States.  Only a few miles north of the US-Mexico border, Jacumba is at the […]

Mount Morrison

Mount Morrison 12,241′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 7 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4600′ Crux: Class II-III Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: Convict Lake- trash, water, toilets, general store Continued….. My final day of peakbagging in the Sierras was a summit I had been eyeing for a very long time. Mount Morrison is a prominent […]

Mount Hoffmann

Mount Hoffmann 10856′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class I Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: May Lake- trash, pit toilets Continued…. Day 4 was supposed to be the big dayhike of Split Mountain, allowing Justin a chance to acclimate before the monster dayhike, and not killing ourselves […]

Mount Conness

Mount Conness 12589′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3550′ Crux: Class III summit rocks Trailhead: Saddlebag Lake Companions: Justin Shelton Continued…. Day 3 I finally had some company. Justin, my best man, had flown into Vegas the night before and drove through the darkness to meet me […]

Banner Peak

Banner Peak 12936′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 11 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 19.0 miles Elevation Gain: 7126′ (according to my GPS, although this seems high) Trailhead: Agnew Meadows, pit toilets, water, trash, bear boxes. Shuttle required 7AM-7PM in the summer. Continued…. The second day of climbing in the Sierras would also be my last day solo, with […]

University Peak

University Peak 13589′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 5800′ Trailhead: Onion Valley- pit toilets, water, trash, car camping After spending five years in California (really only four of them hiking and climbing seriously), I had climbed 50 of the 247 Sierra Peak Section summits, far from finished, but […]